During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis asked this Sunday for international help to fight the “deadly” drought that is ravaging Somalia and the region, and that caused a million displaced people, according to the UN.
Francisco, 85, wanted to warn of the situation of “serious humanitarian crisis” in Somaliaas well as in several neighboring countries.
“The inhabitants of the region, who live in precarious conditions, are now in a deadly moment due to the drought.”
“I hope that international solidarity can respond to this emergency.”
“Unfortunately, war distracts attention and resources, but these are the goals that require maximum involvement: the fight against hunger, health, education.”
More than 755,000 people have been displaced this year within Somalia due to the severe drought affecting the Horn of Africaaccording to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
With this, there are already more than a million since January 2021, when the current drought began, the worst in 40 years.
Somalia, a country plagued by violence, barely has the resources to deal with this situation.
In addition, the Islamist rebels limit the access of humanitarian aid to some areas of the country.
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